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It is not for nothing that Brian May's legendary self-made guitar is known as the "Red Special". Its unusual combination of semi-solid body and series connected pickups produce unique resonant characteristics that are both acoustical and electrical in nature, and which are at the very core of Brian's distinctive sound. In fact, we found this guitar to be so special that we decided it warranted making a special version of the V-Stack - the V-Stack BHM.

In contrast to the V-Stack Classic model which is optimized for versatility, the BHM model is optimized to provide the most faithful reproduction of the Brian May sound when used in conjunction with a Red Special type guitar. If you are a Red Special replica owner/Brian May fan, this pedal was designed with you in mind!


Technical Features

Based on the same proprietary custom microchip as the Classic edition, the V-Stack BHM edition has a specially modified input stage which presents the same electrical loading characteristics to the Tri-Sonic pickups as a Brian May spec. treble booster, while the amp simulator stage is modeled after a Brian May spec. Vox AC30 normal channel. The degree to which the overall target response has been met is shown in figs 1 and 2, which compare the response of the V-Stack BHM with the target response of a Brian May treble booster feeding into a Brian May modified AC30 amp, for both single and double Tri-Sonic pickup combinations.

Simulation Results: Normalized Frequency Response Comparison

Fig. 1 1 p/u Fig. 2 2 p/u
= Target  = V-Stack BHM

 

MP3 SAMPLES
(160Kb/s Stereo) 
GUITAR GUITAR SETTINGS V-STACK SETTINGS NOTES

Play Sample (1,209KB)
("TYMD")

Burns Brian May Signature
Bridge + Middle p/u's In-Phase

Vol: 10

Tone: 10
Bass:
8
All guitars recorded direct into computer soundcard.
The rhythm guitar is double-tracked "dry" to left and right channels (no reverb or other post-processing). The solo guitar at the end uses a delay mix.
Cut: 2
Drive: 6
Play Sample (941KB)
("BoRap")
Burns Brian May Signature

Backing Guitar:
Neck + Middle p/u's In-Phase, Vol: 10,
Tone: 10

Bass:
8
Both guitars were recorded direct into computer soundcard. Post-processing: Backing guitar: light reverb + delay mix; Lead guitar: reverb + fixed phase filter.
Cut: 2
Drive: 8
Lead Guitar:
Neck + Middle p/u's Out-Of-Phase,
Vol: 10, Tone: 10
Bass:
10
Cut: 2
Drive: 8


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